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The sound of jet engines firing up and soaring into the sky, the thrill of take-off, Tom Cruise zooming around on a motorbike and all to the soundtrack of Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins.

Sound familiar? It should do, because Top Gun: Maverick will take you back to the original, stir up all the best memories and then serve it up with an extra thrill. And all before the opening credits have even finished rolling.

Tom Cruise as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the air. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures
Tom Cruise as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the air. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures

Cruise is back as US Navy fighter pilot Lt Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and it feels like he's never been away.

The movie is on general release from today, but we were invited to an exclusive screening at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater yesterday to mark its refurbishment.

From the opening sequences, it's clear Maverick may be older but he's still breaking the boundaries, defying orders by jumping into a sexy-looking test fighter plane and ramping it up to Mach 10 and beyond. He's still pushing everything to the limit but somehow getting away with it.

Well almost. He ends up on his next mission after exasperated top brass have had enough but an old colleague comes to his rescue, demanding he train the best-of-the-best to take on a mission most believe cannot be done.

And so the plotline unfurls with many nods to the past especially his much-missed buddy Goose, whose son Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller) is part of the elite squad Maverick is now in charge of.

Tom Cruise as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell has some difficult decisions to make. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Tom Cruise as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell has some difficult decisions to make. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Glen Powell as "Hangman" is part of the elite squad. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Glen Powell as "Hangman" is part of the elite squad. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield

There's LOTS of action in the air (which let's face it, is what we're all there to see), tempers flare, friendships are forged and the still-single Maverick rekindles his flirting with local bar owner Penny (Jennifer Connelly).

The recruits bear similar traits to the original class, although this time there's a female pilot too.

Oh, and there's American Football team-building on the beach with a lot of flesh on show.

The rest, you need to find out for yourself. Honestly, go see it, you won't regret it. If you loved the first, you'll love this – I've still butterflies in my stomach 12 hours after from the thrill of it all.

And while money is tight right now, pay for the best screening you can. It's one of those films which is hundred times better if you've forked out for the latest technology.

Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw stirs up memories for Maverick. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw stirs up memories for Maverick. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Monica Barbaro as "Phoenix", Jay Ellis as "Payback" and Danny Ramirez as "Fanboy" have some tough training to do. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Monica Barbaro as "Phoenix", Jay Ellis as "Payback" and Danny Ramirez as "Fanboy" have some tough training to do. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin and Tom Cruise as Maverick rekindle their relationship. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield
Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin and Tom Cruise as Maverick rekindle their relationship. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Scott Garfield

Which brings me back to Bluewater's cinema.

The Greenhithe venue has been under refurbishment since October 2021, remaining open for the duration of the building work.

The audience in the plush X-Plus screen at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater
The audience in the plush X-Plus screen at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater
The bar area in the Gallery at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater
The bar area in the Gallery at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bluewater

Each of the cinema’s 17 auditoriums now include fully customisable recliner seating as standard and it also has two supersized, giant XPlus screens, featuring crystal clear laser projection, as well as fully immersive Dolby Atmos sound.

And boy, when those fighter planes fire up, you'll know it.

You can book tickets here.

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